A big change is proposed for the Blair County [PA] Prison. It may soon be a easier for inmates to do legal research. The Commissioners in Hollidaysburg say they have a number of good reasons to change the law library in the county's lock up. Chief among them, the move is expected to save this county a lot of money.
Most prison librarians are hardworking and dedicated, but not many have received what Sue Wilkinson, librarian at Winson Green Prison in Birmingham UK, just received; the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or MBE, a British order of chivalry established by King George V in 1917.
According to the Evesham Journal, the recipient is quite pleased particularly since 2008 is the National Year of Reading in Britain.
State prison officials have decided to allow a publisher of legal self-help books to distribute its materials in Massachusetts prisons.
The decision comes after mail-order publisher Prison Legal News sued Department of Correction Commissioner Harold Clarke. The Seattle-based publisher claimed Clarke was banning its publications in state prisons by refusing to add it to a list of approved vendors who can send books to prisoners.